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 Theatre


Department of Performing and Visual Arts

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Associate Professors: F. Bradley (Chair), M. El Lozy

Assistant Professors: E. Grischkat, T. McCormick, P. Mitri

The Department of Performing and Visual Arts offers both a bachelor's degree and a minor in theatre. The curriculum balances hands-on, practical theatre experience through involvement in mainstage and black box performances, along with a solid foundation in the literature, history, and theory of theatre. The program offers a generalist approach to theatre study, while providing students an opportunity to explore deeper involvement in one of four areas of emphasis: performance, directing, design, and critical study. Interaction between the various artistic disciplines is promoted. The program integrates non-Western, especially the Arabic/Egyptian, contributions to the art of theatre.

Performances

The department offers a season of four to six full-length plays, at least one of which is an Arabic/Egyptian play, in the 200-seat Wallace Theatre. The department also supports an active student-produced theatre group, the Howard Cafe, which performs in the Howard Black Box Theatre. The department encourages the creation of new plays through its annual " Famous for Fifteen Minutes New Play Festival," the winning entry receiving the prestigious Mohammad Salmawy Prize. Students who participate in performances receive course credit ranging from one to three hours. ( THTR 240, 340, 440), depending on extent of involvement.

Bachelor of Arts

The curriculum provides a generalist approach within a liberal arts tradition. Theatre majors follow a program of studio courses (acting, directing, movement, voice and design), a program of courses in dramatic literature and theatre history, and they play an active and creative part in the department's productions. The program is flexible enough to allow for a certain measure of emphasis in areas of theatre of particular interest to the student.

A total of 120 credits is required for the bachelor's degree in theatre.

Core Curriculum (40 credits)

Concentration Requirements (49-54 credits)

THTR

203

The Art of Theatre

 

224

Introduction to Technical Practices and Design

 

225

Acting I

 

227

Voice and Movement I

 

228

Voice and Movement II

 

230

Play Analysis

 

328

Directing I

 

350-351

History of Theatre and Drama I & II

 

353

Modern Drama

 

240/340/440

Rehearsal/Performance/Production Practicum (3hrs. min.)

 

495 OR 496

Senior Thesis OR Honors Project

 


Four additional courses in the department to be chosen from among the following courses:

THTR

226

Acting in Arabic I

 

320

Design for Theatre: Scenography

 

321

Design for Theatre: Lighting

 

322

Design for Theatre: Costume

 

325

Acting II

 

326

Acting in Arabic II

 

327

Special Topics in Voice and Movement

 

352

Recurrent Themes in Drama

 

360

Playwriting

 

428

Directing II

 


Collateral Requirements (15 credits):

ECLT

360

Shakespeare

ARTV

212

World Art Survey II

 


Three additional courses to be chosen from among the following:

FILM

220

Introduction to Film

MUSC

220

Introduction to Music

ARTV

200

Foundations of Design and Color

ARBS

316

Modern Arabic Drama

JRMC

230

Introduction to Photography

ECLT

411

History of Literary Criticism

 


Electives (13-15 credits):

The program will actively encourage its majors to work towards minors in fields such as anthropology, sociology, literature, music, art, political science, or business administration. Elective credits will be used for the minor.

Minor

The minor in theatre provides a general introduction to the art form. It aims at introducing the student to the art and craft of theatre through the study of dramatic literature and the exploration of performance processes.

Requirements: A minimum of 15 credits in theater including: THTR 203 The Art of the Theater, at least 3 credits of an analytical or literature course (THTR 230, 350, 351, 352 or 353), at least 3 credits from the 300 level, and 1-3 credits from THTR 240/340/440 Rehearsal/Performance/Production Practicum.

Students are encouraged to declare the minor as soon as possible so that a course of study can be planned with the theatre advisor to give the student an opportunity to gain theater production credit early in their academic career. The department reserves the right not to accept minors when the program of courses has not been previously worked out with the faculty advisor.

Theatre Courses (THTR)
 

 CourseNumber CourseTitle

203

The Art of the Theatre

220

Public Speaking

224

Introduction to Technical Theatre Practices and Design

225

Acting I

226

Acting in Arabic I

227

Voice and Movement I

228

Voice and Movement II

230

Play Analysis

240/340/440

Rehearsal/Performance/Production Practicum

320

Design for Theatre: Scenography

321

Design for Theatre: Lighting

322

Design for Theatre: Costume

325

Acting II

326

Acting in Arabic II

327

Special Topics in Voice and Movement

328

Directing I

350-351

History of Theatre and Drama I & II

352

Recurrent Themes in Drama

353

Modern Drama

360

Playwriting

370

Selected Topics in Theatre

402

Independent Study

428

Directing II

470

Senior Seminar

495

Senior Thesis

496

Honors Project

 

 

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